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Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Ubuntu is a concept whose time has come. The current system enslaves the 99% and it is high time we reclaim our sovereign right to Live Free. Money was created as a form of control. And boy, it was a brilliant idea that has served the 1% beautifully!

Posted by Marna Ehrech on 08/26/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Milton's Metamorphosis: A Plan in Place for a Real Downtown

It's encouraging yet somewhat ironic to read that the town of Milton is planning to "beautify" the shopping area around Hannaford by planting trees, among other things. Just a few years ago, all the healthy, beautiful large pine trees around the post office that provided much-needed shade in the summer, were cut down. According to information I received from post office staff, they were cut down because the company that owns Hannaford and the property around it, claimed the trees "caused damage to the paved areas." I've never heard anything more ridiculous in my life, but there it is. Maybe they're planning on fake trees that cause no mess????

Posted by Barbara Luise on 08/26/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Don't get me wrong, I dislike Shumlin as much as the next guy, but he has the same legal rights to vote as every other Vermont citizen. As the outgoing Governor, he also has the power to endorse in any race. Whether his popularity rating will help or hurt that candidate is a totally different question. If Shumlin had defined to endorse in Addison County, he could have done this too, despite never living there.

What was scummy about this (hence his nickname) was the underhanded way he did it: he should have just come out and said he was moving first. If he felt the need to endorse someone, he should have just endorsed them on their merits, not because he personally had not taken the time to acquaint himself with all the candidates. This just sounds like an outgoing Governor who doesn't care about the democratic process but wants to help out an old friend who he has worked with in the past.

Again, nothing wrong in endorsements if they are actual endorsements. What is wrong is trying to stop the democratic process.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Peter!

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Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

I sure hope "the nitty-gritty that the press likes to focus on" includes:
1) a follow up story on Jeff Weaver being a sexist pig who has essentially been Bernie's inside man for decades despite his total incompetence and calls from Bernie's own people for a change in leadership.
2) More on Jane's potentially illegal (but definitely immoral) financial dealings with Burlington College and Olde Towne Media.
3) Bernie's extreme tendency towards cronyism, which also happens to perpetuate straight, cis, white male leadership because that is who Bernie trusts and holds close.
4) A follow up story with the AG's Office quoted and maybe even an expert or two on corporations and campaign finance law quoted. I personally would love to know how it is illegal for another 501(c)(4) to do the sort of political fundraising (and in the future, campaigning) but for Bernie it's okay. Maybe we should just focus on Hillary's emails some more.

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Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

What a great collection of smirky nasty comments . On the run , Bernie is trying to figure out where he goes from here . He is understandably trying to figure out how to advance his political beliefs and goals going forward . The same beliefs he has been fighting for for many years and looking to building a legacy .

At the same time he is 74 and looking to his own future . In his case it is staying in Vermont and purchasing a home for himself , his wife and their extended family . This is a sin ?

He isn't perfect , far from it . I aggressively disagree with many of his positions . Yet he deserves common courtesy and respect . I have never doubted his sincerity . Good luck Bernie .

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Posted by Rich ard on 08/26/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Spinning til the ënd...

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Posted by ArtBell on 08/26/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

I wonder when Bernie will find the time to do the job in Washington he was elected to do and isbeing well compensated for. Let's see if he goes on the speaking circuit to raise # for his new and improved revolution.

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Posted by saysme on 08/26/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Shumlin is ridiculous.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/26/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Sen. Sanders buys Lear Jet with campaign funds and changes his position to support for Fracking. "Man, that fracked gas makes my jet go fast!"

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Stacybtv802 on 08/26/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Picnics, Cows and Comedy at Unadilla Theatre

Hurrah for the old Unadilla!~How thoroughly in keeping that its most substantial PR boost comes at the end of the season!

Posted by Clarke Jordan on 08/26/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Katherine - my guess is that Sedona had too many purple dinosaurs already...err..."medical intuitives." I have my own *intuition* about someone that charges $180 dollars to talk to ghosts and prescribes raw food and thinking super duper hard to "cure" ailments.

http://www.lotuslodgeinn.com/readings-by-krysta.html

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Posted by RDS on 08/25/2016 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Positive Pie Expands to Barre

Kitchen and counter along with management, get it together, burger threw times on Aug 25, 2016 wrong, oops not enough I'm pretty upset as a culinary professional.

Posted by Kalebcurtis12 on 08/25/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Positive Pie Expands to Barre

Carlos pie Montpelier is in shambles fix it counter and kitchen three times wrong or uncooked burger, staff unprofessional, not happy, do you need a general manager??? August 25, 2016, get it together from a culinary professional..

Posted by Kalebcurtis12 on 08/25/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Junior's Brings Italian Fare to Stowe

food was not good... orders wrong... room way too loud...manager rude and yelled at me like a child when I tried to talk to him... been coming to Stowe for 30 years... this place will not be here next year...

Posted by Tim Ford on 08/25/2016 at 10:04 PM
Posted by wmlanza on 08/25/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Fusion politics are not unique to Vermont. Just look across Lake Champlain to New York, where there have been fusion tickets between the Democratic and Liberal parties for decades. Likewise in New York, there have been fusion tickets between the Republican and Conservative parties (Although that alliance was strained in 1968 by James Buckley, who, running exclusively as a Conservative, defeated both Democrat Richard Ottinger and incumbent Republican Charles Goodell for the state's junior U.S. Senate seat. Ironically, Goodell, in an extremely rare occurrence in New York politics, also ran as the Liberal Party nominee).

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/25/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Why did Krysta and David leave Sedona, AZ?
That's a beautiful place for an Ubuntu contributionism community too?

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Posted by Katherine Patronis on 08/25/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Would that trip to Cuba be led by Republican former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, who famously has made numerous trips to Cuba (including delivering 100 Vermont heifers to Cuban farms)?

I'm sure Comrade Brian is burnishing his revolutionary credentials rights now. Along with his other Republican comrades like Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Reid Ribble, Representative Mark Sanford and Representative Tom Emmer -- among some of the Republican elected officials making trips to Cuba. Did I hear them shouting "Viva La Revolucion!" as they were engaging in life's struggles in Cuba?

Ah, red-baiting, the last refuge of right wing scoundrels...

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Posted by terjeanderson on 08/25/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

I find it difficult to imagine that the owners of the Lotus Lodge are surprised by the attention this has received. As a BV resident who has been following this closely, I can explain the attention from my perspective. When their fundraising efforts began, the Lotus Lodge owners posted their intention of purchasing the ski resort and the water and sewer company. (They have since taken this down.) Many of us live in and/or own property in the resort residential zoning district adjacent to the resort. Our homes are hooked into the already maxed-out water and sewer company. Incredibly, in their online monthly collaborative meetings (available on YouTube), Ubuntu folks were saying that the community was entirely on board with the plan and that they were getting a lot of local support. In fact, most of us had NO idea this was being planned. My concern is not just for my own position, but for those in the Ubuntu community being seduced into donating money to the project based on the misinformation of town-wide support of this plan. Transparency from the start might have avoided some of this fuss.

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Posted by VT802 on 08/25/2016 at 3:30 PM

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